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Consider adopting a child

Dear Editor,

There are a few things I am very passionate about and a child's well-being is right at the top.

November is National Adoption Month. I know how adoption can change one's life completely. For many of you out there, it has already done that. Whether you are the lucky child/children or the lucky adoptive parent(s) you are changed forever. Indeed, God is good!

Maybe you have considered adopting at some point in time, but thought...I don't know if it's the thing to do at the present. Well, I am here to tell you there is no better time. If you take a moment to go to the DSS website and browse, yes browse, the beautiful faces of countless children of all races, ages, and sexes, you will see what I see. Look at the eyes of these beautiful children.

Some have carried hope in their hearts for years, already. They are starting to believe 'it' will never happen. Many are just beginning to 'heal' from disappointments that none of us will ever understand...but, what we can do for them will help those hurts and disappointments fade as we make new memories to replace the old.

These children want what you probably already have and take for granted...a permanent family of their own. Families that will have a place for them at the Thanksgiving table and around the Christmas tree on that special morning. Indeed, things that we consider routine and can be counted on with each approaching holiday.

Don't keep putting it off until the perfect time. For them, time is the enemy. Please go to or to SC seedlings to see, really 'see' just a few of those little 'hopefuls.' It only takes a moment, and I will be forever changed.

On behalf of these children, our children, and those throughout the Foster Care system in our country, thank you.

Cathy Griffin, Bamberg

Our American dream is in jeopardy

Dear Editor,

The American Dream is an ideal instilled in children across this great nation as they make their way through school. We have always been taught that hard work, persistence, and sacrifice are the keys to success and that, in America, the sky is the limit in regards to achieving that success. Today, though, our American dream is in jeopardy. We live in a society of over regulation, over taxation, and governmental favoritism in the business world. In 2012, we need a President in the White House who will lead the charge against these things and who will say “enough is enough!” I believe Herman Cain is just the right man for the job. After much research on Mr. Cain, I was very impressed to learn that he has decades of experience in the private sector, transforming failing corporations into thriving businesses. He has seen firsthand the damaging effect too much governmental intrusion can have. His position is one in favor of less legislation and regulation, and lower taxes. He knows that job creation and economic growth happen in the private sector and that the government should be supporting businesses, not stifling their potential. Despite Mr. Cain’s impressive resume, the main stream media doesn’t seem to want to give him any attention, even though he’s already won multiple straw polls in several states. We need a leader in Washington to stand up for the American Dream and to ensure that the liberties and freedoms we enjoy today will exist for generations to come. I stand for the American Dream, and if Herman Cain is as impressive as he sounds, then I definitely stand with him. There are so many great reasons to support this candidate, I really encourage you to learn more about Herman Cain.

James Banfield, Bamberg

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